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Cash team taking patient approach with QEII a possible goal

Exciting three-year-old Cash will be saved for a late-season campaign – with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day a likely target – after picking up an injury.

The David Simcock-trained Shamardal colt has had just two starts in his career and looked a top prospect when powering home under Jamie Spencer to finish a short-head runner-up to Westover in the Classic Trial at Sandown in April.

That form was well and truly franked in the Derby when the winner stayed on in eyecatching fashion to finish third behind Desert Crown.

However, the Earle Mack-owned grey, who broke his maiden at the first time of asking over a mile at Newmarket on his sole start as a juvenile, missed his intended engagement in the French Derby at Chantilly and will now be given time by his Newmarket handler.

Mack’s British-based racing manager, Anthony Burke, said: “He has had a slight injury. We thought he was a bit off-colour, but it was a slight injury and it is not going to hold him back.

“Because we think a lot of him, we don’t want to run on really fast ground and are going to give him a bit of a break.

“So, we are going to aim him in the autumn, from about August onwards, and he is just having a bit of a break. There was a slight injury that kept him out of the French Derby, so rather than pushing him, we will bring him back as a fresh horse.

“He will still run in Earle Mack’s colours and we will look at the QEII – that is a race we would have in mind.”

Though Cash was entered at Epsom, he was withdrawn before the final declaration stage, with a trip to Chantilly preferred.

However, connections feel that he has shown plenty of speed and races like the QEII over Ascot’s stiff mile, may ideally suit him.

Burke continued: “We are not 100 per cent sure of his trip. We are thinking that he is a miler to a mile and two (furlongs) horse. It may prove he gets further in time, but David (Simcock) is convinced he has a lot more speed than we think he has.

Connections feel Cash (second right) will be better next season
Connections feel Cash (second right) will be better next season (Tim Goode/PA)

“We think a track with a long mile will suit him. He is a horse we want a bit of longevity with and whatever he does this year is a bonus. We won’t go to town with him this year.

“It is a very minor injury that kept him out and we don’t want to risk him on very fast summer ground, which we are likely to get from now on, and he would not be ready in time for Ascot.

“He likes good ground and as he showed last year at Newmarket, he can handle it with a bit of ease. So it makes sense to have a fresh horse going into the autumn.”

Burke also had news about the Mack-owned War Horse, who narrowly failed to follow up his recent Sandown win in going down by three-quarters of a length to Swilcan Bridge in a 10-furlong Epsom handicap on Derby day.

“He ran a nice race,” said Burke of the Marco Botti trainee. “We like War Horse a lot and we think he will progress throughout the year, and the further he goes, the better.

“He will be entered in a big handicap at Newmarket’s July Festival.

“At the moment, he is handicapper going through the gears. We actually need more weight on him and can’t get it.

“We only got raised 1lb for finishing third at Epsom. To go to Ascot, you need to be rated in the 90s, but he is 88 at the moment. We shouldn’t complain. When you want it you don’t get it and when you don’t want it, you do.”

Cash handed Prix du Jockey Club target

David Simcock’s promising colt Cash will run in the Prix du Jockey Club after being pulled out of the Cazoo Derby.

The grey son of Shamardal has had just two starts, landing a mile maiden at Newmarket last October before being upped to 10 furlongs for his seasonal debut in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown.

That Group Three contest did not go according to plan for Cash, who is owned by American businessman Earle Mack.

Cash (left) lost by the narrowest of margins to Westover
Cash (left) lost by the narrowest of margins to Westover (John Walton/PA)

The colt was reluctant to go into the starting stalls and spent most of the race at the rear of the field, before finding a useful turn of foot under Jamie Spencer, only to find Westover denying him by a short head.

Connections feel his running style and the extended 10 furlongs of the Chantilly Group One, as opposed to the mile and a half in the Epsom Classic, will better suit the inexperienced Cash.

Mack’s British-based racing manager, Anthony Burke, said: “He goes to the French Derby.

“We took him out of the English Derby this week as we felt the French Derby would suit him better.

“Whatever he does this year will be a bonus because he is a big horse, with loads of potential.

“He finished his race off very well at Sandown last time and we felt that Chantilly would suit him better than the hustle and bustle of Epsom.”